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The Bureau of Trade Analysis (BTA) provides a unique opportunity to work on anti-trust, logistics, and transportation issues. The BTA supports the agency in antitrust economics and competition policy and analyzes and monitors agreements for any anti-competitive effects. The incumbent will perform a range of technical and specialized program functions directly associated with oversight of the liner shipping industry.
As an Industry Economist you will:
- Analyze (or assist senior economists in analyzing) the competitive impact of shipping lines or marine terminal operator agreements filed at the Commission on prices (shipping rates) and transportation services offered to shippers.
- Conduct market studies of different sectors of the US international maritime industry, including ocean carriers, drayage trucking, chassis and other equipment providers, port authorities, marine terminals, ocean freight forwarders, etc.
- Provide support in developing policy, preparing economic findings, and in developing economic and market aspects of congressional testimony.
- Monitor the commercial and operational activities in assigned agreements and trade areas for potential anti-competitive effects.
- Maintain monitoring data sets and conduct statistical analysis to determine anomalies and identify any potential red-flags in these data.
- Participate in meetings with users and providers of ocean transportation services to discuss the competitive impacts of agreements, operational strategies, and commercial practices of all regulated entities subject to the Shipping Act.
- Interact with politically appointed Commissioners (and Commissioners' staff) and present findings at public Commission meetings.
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Conditions of Employment
- A relocation incentive may be offered to eligible selectee(s) or
- A recruitment incentive may be offered to eligible selectee(s).
- Must be a U.S. Citizen.
- A 1-year probationary period is required (unless previously completed).
- Must be able to obtain and maintain a Public Trust background investigation.
- This opportunity is also open to all U.S. Citizens (no prior federal service required) under Announcement 2019-15-DH. Please refer to that announcement for details on open period, eligibility, and how to apply.
- We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
- We may fill like positions within 12 months of closing the closing date.
- This is a non-bargaining unit position.
- Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by the agency.
- If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
- Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
- Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9. Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.
- May be required to obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.
- May be required to file a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report within 30 days of appointment and annually from then on.
QualificationsYou must meet the Basic Requirement AND the Additional Qualification Requirement listed below by the closing date of this announcement.
A. Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's degree in economics that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting or calculus. (Masters in Economics preferred, but not required.)
B. Have a combination of education that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting or calculus AND experience that involve the use and understanding of economic principles and theories. Examples of qualifying experience include (1) individual economic research assignments requiring planning, information assembly, analysis and evaluation, conclusions and report preparation; (2) supervisory or project coordination assignments involving a staff of professional economists, and requiring the evaluation and interpretation of economic information; or (3) teaching assignments in a college or university that included both class instruction in economics subjects and one of the following (a) personal research that produced evidence of results, (b) direction of graduate theses in economics, or (c) service as a consultant or advisor on technical economics problems.
Additional Qualification for GS-11 level:
A. You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience may have been demonstrated by performing duties such as:
- Conducting economic research for the evaluation/resolution of issued and problems;
- Applying basic economic and quantitative analytical techniques;
- Assisting in analyzing minor components of reports; drafting short memos or analyses; and
- Conducting basic statistical tests between means and between proportions.
B. Complete 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in economics or a related field. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.
C. Have a combination of specialized experience and education as described in A and B above. To compute the formula for qualifying under this combination, first determine the percentage of the specialized experience you possess; then determine the percentage of the education you possess (note: only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours is creditable); then add the two percentages; they must equal to 100 percent to qualify.
Additional Qualification for GS-12 level:
You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience may have been demonstrated by performing duties such as:
- Conducting analyses for minor components of reports;
- Preparing short memos or analyses; and
- Conducting standard statistical tests between means and between proportions.
You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience may have been demonstrated by performing duties, such as:
- Conducting analyses for entire, final reports (or significant subcomponents of major studies);
- Initiating researching, planning, interpreting findings, and preparing results of analyses conducted; and
- Utilizing standard econometric techniques (e.g., OLS) and software packages.
Please see the sections "Qualifications" and "Required Documents" for additional education information.
Additional informationThe experience may have been gained in the public sector, private sector, or Volunteer Service. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis.It is your responsibility to ensure your resume states complete information for each job entry. To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/year (MM/YYYY), and indicate number of hours worked per week, on your resume. If your resume does not provide enough information regarding your work history for us to make a creditable qualification determination, your application package may be rendered disqualified and you will no longer be considered for this position.
In addition to the above requirements, Status Candidates must meet the following by the close of the announcement:
- For the GS-11 grade level: You must have been at the GS-09 for 52 weeks (time-in-grade requirement).
- For the GS-12 grade level: You must have been at the GS-11 level for 52 weeks (time-in-grade requirement).
- For the GS-13 grade level: You must have been at the GS-12 level for 52 weeks (time-in-grade requirement).
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Your application includes your resume, responses to the online questions, and required supporting documents. Please be sure that your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position; failure to provide sufficient evidence in your resume will result in a "not qualified" determination.
Rating: Your application will be evaluated in the following areas:
- Manages and Organizes Information
- Oral Communication
If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)), you must receive a score of 80 or better to be rated as well qualified to receive special selection priority.
A complete application includes 1. A resume, 2. Vacancy question responses, 3. Transcripts (official or unofficial), and 4. Submission of any required documents. Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you will not be considered for this position (or will not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible).
All applicants are required to submit a resume either by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one of their own choosing. (Cover letters are optional.).
CURRENT AND FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES
SF-50: Submit a copy of your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which shows your current (or most recent) grade and competitive service status. (The "position occupied" block on the SF-50 should show a 1 and your "tenure" block should show a 1 or 2.).
- Award SF-50s will not be accepted.
- Indicate on your application the highest permanent grade you have held; if this grade is different from your current grade, submit an additional SF-50 showing this grade.
- If you are currently on a Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA), submit a copy of an SF-50 showing that. Also, you must submit a copy of your DD214 or other documentation showing dates of service and type of discharge and any other applicable documents such as SF-15, VA letters, etc.
- If it is not dated within the last 18 months or if you have not received a performance appraisal, please explain why in your application (i.e upload a supplemental document reflecting this information).
- Initial and mid-year plans will not be accepted.
CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (CTAP) or INTERAGENCY CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (ICTAP) DOCUMENTATION
These programs apply to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee, you must submit the following documents:
- To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; 2) be rated well-qualified for the position based on the competencies listed above; and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility including:
- Agency notice,
- SF-50 that reflects current grade,
- SF-50 that reflect full performance level of the position, and
- Your performance appraisal which must reflect "full successful" or equivalent).
- Displaced District of Columbia Government, Department of Corrections employees will be eligible for priority consideration and competitive appointment (Public Law 105-274). Eligible candidates are not restricted by geographic location or grade level in jobs for which they apply. Documentary evidence is the same as stated above.
- If you are applying under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA), you must submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 copy), or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Department of Veterans Affairs showing dates of service and type of discharge.
- Ten-point preference eligibles must also submit an Application for 10-point Veteran Preference, SF-15, along with the required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form.
If you are applying under a special hiring authority (i.e. Schedule A persons with disabilities authority), submit a copy of proof of your eligibility.
For positions with an education requirement, or if you are qualifying for this position by substituting education or training for experience, submit a copy of your transcripts or equivalent. An official transcript will be required if you are selected.
A college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to Department of Education Accreditation page.
If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency. Refer to the OPM instructions.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
- The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (EST) on the closing date of this announcement. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST, Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, please contact us by noon EST on the announcement's closing date.
- To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
- Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
- It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
- To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the More Information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
- To return to saved application at a later date, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
Agency contact information
AddressBureau of Trade Analysis
800 North Capitol Street, NW
Washington, DC 20573
You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto the USAJOBS My Account tab and clicking on Application Status. For a more detailed update of your application status, you may click on more information.
Please notify us if your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement. Also, note that if you provide an email address that is inaccurate or if your mailbox is full or blocked (e.g., spam-blocker), you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.
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Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
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A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.
Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
Legal and regulatory guidance
This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/554848200. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.